Forest Dunes Golf Club - hole 8

It doesn't get any better than Forest Dunes Golf Club in Roscommon

Forest Dunes Golf Club wows players with top service, a massive Adirondack-style golf clubhouse, greens as good as any in the country and a course ranked no. 23 among the "Top 100 Public Golf Courses" by Golf Digest. The name implies all golfers need to know about the routing. Tom Weiskopf masterfully found corridors through the trees on the front nine, while the back meanders through more open meadows and sandy waste areas.
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Pilgrim's Run golf course - hole 18

No top 100 ranking? No problem at these great Michigan public golf courses

Michigan has so many good public golf courses that the big glossy golf mags just can't seem to decide which ones are most worthy of top-100 status. The roster of good public options is so deep there are plenty of other top-100-caliber courses -- even if they didn't land an invitation to the exclusive party this time.
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Coyote Golf Club - hole 18

Watch out for the woods at Coyote Golf Club in Lyon Township

Trouble lurks at the back of the property of Coyote Golf Club in New Hudson. A thick patch of forest hides the best stretch of golf -- holes 4-7. "We call it the Amen corner," said General Manager/Director of Golf Jason Raney. "Usually you can put together a good round if you get through there unscathed."
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Michigan Golf Destinations

  • Northwest Michigan

    The most coveted vacation spot in Michigan is the northwest coast, where you'll find many of the state's highest-ranked resort golf courses as well as charming lakes and bayside towns. Much of the state's most spectacular coastline can be found in the northwest, making it an ideal summer haven for boaters and those seeking natural, freshwater beaches.

    Little Traverse Bay Golf Club is one of the courses that put the Harbor Springs area of northern Michigan on the map as one of the state's most popular golfing destinations. The scenic location offers panoramic views with the ability on clear days to see all the way to Little Traverse Bay on several holes. The rolling terrain provides elevated tees and green complexes that will test your skills picking the proper club.
    The Natural Golf Club sits along the western shore of Otsego Lake. As its name implies, the course blends seamlessly into the beautiful surroundings. The challenging layout requires accuracy so don't let the scenery distract you too much. Trees line the meandering fairways and water hazards come into play throughout. Strategically placed bunkers lurk along the greensides as well.
    The Lakes Golf Course offers a unique layout that offers six links holes, six holes that wind through forests and across ski slopes, and six that play along Lake Michaywe. The course offers unrivaled scenery and memorable views.
  • Northeast Michigan

    While Michigan's northwest may be the more nationally known vacation region, the northeast part of the state boasts a collection of small towns and natural wonders worth exploring, too, including one of the Midwest's top golf destinations, Gaylord.

    The 18-hole Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort in Oscoda, MI is a resort golf course that opened in 1992. Designed by Kevin Aldridge, Gailes at Lakewood Shores Resort measures 6954 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 138 and a 75 USGA rating.
    Wilderness Valley Resort offers two 18-hole championship golf courses. The Wilderness Valley Course is a player friendly complement to the more challenging Black Forest Course. Together, there is something for players of any skill level at the resort. The Wilderness Valley Course has the same rolling terrain of its sister course but the bunkering is more understated and the greens are more forgiving.
    Since opening in 1994, Loon Golf Club has become one of the most popular golf courses in the Gaylord area. The Loon Course features fast, undulating greens and narrow fairways surrounded by numerous strategically placed bunkers.
  • Upper Peninsula

    Wilderness is the big attraction in the Upper Peninsula. Hunting, fishing, hiking and boating are favorite pastimes of all "Yoopers." The summer golf season may be cruelly short, usually just June through September, but there are some real standout golf courses for those who make the trek.

    The 18-hole Wild Bluff Golf Course in Brimley, MI is a public golf course that opened in 1998. Designed by Mike Husby, Wild Bluff Golf Course measures 7056 yards from the longest tees. The course features 5 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole Newberry Country Club in Newberry, MI is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1927. Designed by Mike Husby, Newberry Country Club measures 5933 yards from the longest tees. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels.
    The 18-hole The Rock At Drummond Island in Drummond Island, MI is a resort golf course that opened in 1987. Designed by Harry Bowers, The Rock At Drummond Island measures 6830 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 142 and a 74.
  • Southwest Michigan

    Along Lake Michigan's coastline in the southwest corner of the state, a succession of small beach towns provide a quick escape from the city life of Detroit and Chicago. Value golf courses are a constant theme in Michigan, and the southwest corner is no exception.

    Ravines Golf Club is southwest Michigan's first Arnold Palmer signature course. The course is situated three hours outside of Detroit in Saugatuck. Thanks to wide fairways and generous landing areas, the layout is not as tough as it seems but it does have plenty of challenges in store.
    Quail Ridge Golf Club sprawls across 300 acres of rolling hills just east of Grand Rapids. The expansive course provides plenty of room on each hole. Raymond Hearn, a Michigan native, designed the unique layout, seamlessly combining links-style holes and tree-lined holes for variety.
    Yarrow Golf & Conference Resort stretches across a beautiful landscape spotted with groves of Scotch pines and hardwoods as well as patches of native bush and grasses. It's a challenging layout that will please low handicappers but four sets of tees lets you play to your abilities.
  • Southeast Michigan

    The majority of Michigan's population and golf courses are based in and around metro Detroit in the state's southeast corner. They love their sports in Detroit, and they especially enjoy golf in the Motor City. While there are plenty of exclusive clubs for the auto industry elite, a smattering of daily-fee courses make the game affordable and accessible for everyone.

    Bruce Hills Golf Course is located in the north metro Detroit area near Romeo. Mature trees are scattered throughout the course, providing shade and a peacefully secluded feel. The golf course sprawls across a diverse terrain that allows for downhill and uphill approaches to the small, round greens, which are often sloped from back to front.
    Opened in 1991, the North and South Courses were Tanglewood's original championship 18-hole course before the West nine was added in 1995. All 27 holes are known as "The Lion." The North/South course has a gently rolling terrain that doesn't offer dramatic elevation changes but it also makes a flat lie hard to find.
    Inkster Valley Golf Club is located just 10 minutes from the Detroit metro area, which is why it is so unexpected to see a layout featuring over 100 acres of wetlands and rolling hills. The course runs alongside and crosses the Rouge River with water coming into play on 14 holes. The course has an interesting mix of holes including short par 4s and challenging par 3s, many of which require tricky carries over a marsh.